Harper Lee Quotes

Most popular Harper Lee Quotes

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
— Harper Lee

conscience

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

reading

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
— Harper Lee

empathy

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

birds

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

inspirational courage

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

empathy understanding others

Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself.  The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

conscience

Well, they're Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn't dream of interrupting you at golf.
— Harper Lee

golf

Never, never, never, on cross examination ask a witness a question you don't already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.  Do it, and you'll often get an answer you don't want.

asking questions

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

courage

Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.  They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.  That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

birds